The iPhone 6 must have a bigger screen [Editorial]

There, I said it. The iPhone needs a bigger screen. I know it, you know it, everybody knows it. Samsung knows it, Motorola knows it, Sony knows it. Why doesn’t Apple know it?

You’d be forgiven for thinking that I’ve lost the plot, in truth that might well be the case. I certainly believe that years, and I mean years, of staring longingly at the beautiful, spacious screens of my Android-wielding amigos has finally induced an acute awareness of my iPhone’s pixel deficiency.

My tirade was triggered by a couple of very recent concepts and leaks surrounding the  next instalment of the iPhone. At the beginning of last month I covered a fantastic iPhone 6 concept created by Federico Ciccarese, who created a stunning rendering of a curved iPhone, reminiscent of Apple’s Magic Mouse. The most enticing prospect of his particular design was the larger, 4.7″ edge-to-edge display that just looked… better.


Now of course, a full edge-to-edge display is not necessarily a practical solution to a mobile screen because of the likelihood of accidental input. But a 4.7 inch display? We’re not exactly sending men to the moon here…

iPhone 6 Screen

The same sentiment was present in yesterday’s iPhone 6 rumor, which appeared to show an iPhone 6 faceplate, with much thinner bezels at each end of the device, and no apparent bezels to the sides. Today, we brought you a brilliant iPhone C concept, again based around a 4.7 inch display, that leaves only a hairline bezel to the side of the devices display. Of course, these are rumors and postulations, the pipe dreams of designers, but the sentiment is the same here as it is in the public forum. iOS consumers far and wide are clamouring for an iPhone with a larger display, and I fear that absence of a larger display at Apple’s next iPhone launch could be disastrous for Apple’s credibility and success.

For a very long time, I’ve found myself content with Apple’s current iPhone screen size, but I can no longer accept that notion as acceptable, I now assuredly believe that the iPhone’s display is perhaps its weakest feature. Over a year ago, at the beginning of October, Sharp launched the first 1080p phone, which offered a staggering 117 extra pixels per inch over the iPhone 5’s 1136×640 display. Since then, Apple’s competitors have adopted 1080p displays as the standard of mobile display technology in a smartphone. A MWC this year, the Samsung Galaxy S5, the Xperia Z2 and the LG G Pro 2 all entered the fray packing 1920×1080 displays that make the iPhone’s display look pitiful. Perhaps more infuriating, Apple brought us the iPhone 5 at the end of 2012, and had the audacity to act as though a 16:9 display was a revolutionary breakthrough.

Recently, I tried to play a couple of EA titles on my iPhone, FIFA 14 and Madden 25. Both of these are really fun titles that I had enjoyed on the iPad, and they both boasted very slick touch controls. Yet on the iPhone I found that at any one time, up to half of the device’s screen could become obscured by my thumbs during playtime, and I do not have large hands… If my phone’s display is so small that using basic touch controls during gaming obscures my view of 50% of the device’s display, then something is seriously wrong. It also infuriates me that I can clock 4G speeds of 4oMbps on a moving bus in Edinburgh, yet I can’t watch HD video in its native resolution. The nature of Apple’s iPhone display also means that pictures often look stunning on the smaller screen, yet when I open them up on a computer, much of the image’s quality is lost, simply because I’m no longer viewing the photo in its native resolution.

I could go on. But it’s clear that the iPhone’s small display can be source of a lot of user issues. Ever since it was revealed that the iPhone 5s was to feature the same display as the iPhone 5, the iPhone has become the laughing-stock of the Android world, as manufacturer after manufacturers continue to release devices with display that surpass the iPhone immensely.

For a long time, Apple’s marketing strategy has often revolved around convincing its customers that they understand their customers needs better than they do. However right now, I’m convinced that, in terms of the iPhone’s next display this ploy will not work again. Apple needs to significantly step up its game if the next iPhone is to seriously compete with flagship Android phones that have long enjoyed display superiority.

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  • Just like the iPod line, it’s completely possible Apple will do a larger display. However, I don’t think there’s any reason to dump the 4″ screen. I’ve used the Galaxy S3 and S4 that friends own and find myself preferring the smaller screen on my iPhone 5s. I know I can get a lot accomplished while comfortably holding it with one hand.

  • Frank

    I would agree Iphone will need to go with at least 2 devices with larger screens. I personally left Apple for Samsung Galaxy Note 3 and wont be returning until Apple catches up with the competition

    • Pablo Daniel

      Wow dude that’s exactly me as well, i had the 3gs, 4,4s and 5s but switched to the note 3 due to this

  • zerilos

    I agree that Apple needs to introduce a larger model. They should also keep a smaller phone for people not wanting a 5″ phablet.

    • Pablo Daniel

      That would be perfect, i was thinking that too, that could be the next c model with the smaller display, while the higher end main flagship can have the bigger display

    • Zach Cline

      5 “inches is not a phablet.

  • TBN27

    I am still indifferent to the whole screen size debate. When I had am android phone, I still made mistakes when typing on a bigger screen. And as far as watching movies or video, despite watching a movie in a Note 3 the other day, I really do not see the benefits over the smaller iPhone other than the screen is much bigger. Anyway yes apple is going to make the screen bigger and by all means go ahead as long as it isn’t too damn big. After all the current size doesn’t bothere one bit

  • De’Marcus Kourage Winbush

    Thank you for this article!!! It’s like I’m fed up with my screen and my friends S4 or Note 3 screen feel like the ad on the Samsung commercial showing Lebron. It’s too damn small! I have to turn on my iPad to watch a movie or play a game. Now Apple need to stop being cocky about pixels and give customers what they want and that is now a bigger screen. 4.7 or higher is needed and I will probably switch to the note 4 if they come out with a Wack 4.5 inch.

  • Michael Dubanowski

    How is an Iphone one handed use when you’re always having to use the other hand to zoom everything just to read it?

  • Maxim

    Personally, I don’t agree. iPhone 5 screen seems quite perfect size to me.